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March 2, 2014 5:05:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
this week

Budget Range:
<$400

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Watching movies, streaming videos, browsing, very light gaming(most being minecraft)

Are you buying a monitor:
No


Parts to Upgrade:
Everything, building a new one

Do you need to buy OS:
No, because Linux [Mint] is great :D 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Anywhere, as long as we know it's safe, but I don't live near microcenter

Location: City, State/Region, Country -
Copperas Cove/Kileen/fort Hood, TX, USA

Parts Preferences:
I'd prefer an apu, I need something simple for the sis ;) 

Overclocking:
Probably not, because price range mainly

SLI or Crossfire:
NO

Your Monitor Resolution:
1366x768

Additional Comments:
Needs a pretty girlish case for eycandy

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Well my 15 y/o sister saw my badass I5 build [which cost around $980, got a great gtx 770 for cheap :D ] and said she wanted one once she saved up some cash. She told me she wants it for youtube, internet browsing, and minecraft on high settings with mods. She said she wanted it kind of cheap too, so here we go

Idea:
CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.28 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.14 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-PW ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.94 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.93 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $341.25

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March 2, 2014 5:33:13 PM

Hi, I like most of your idea for the build.
You should be able to browse and use youtube fine but the apu you selected might be too underpowered to
play minceraft with mods and full settings on. I have the a10-5700 and I get 30 fps on fast graphics.
A good apu that will get you 60+ fps on the highest graphics is the a10-6800k. This is a very fast quad core apu clocked at 4.1 ghz and can be overclocked to 4.4 ghz. If I did the math right you would be over budget by around 27 dollars. The msi fm2-a75ma-e35 is great choice and a solid performer for what you need. You almost won't notice a difference in the speed of ram if you go down to the 1833 version of the memory and it will bring the price down.
APU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
unless you can find it cheaper somewhere else

Hopefully this was a bit of help (:
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March 2, 2014 5:41:02 PM

Looked around a bit and found that the ram I found was extra cheap because 1866 for the same package cost more than the 2133. I did find the a10 for a little cheaper and thanks for the input :) 
Oh and btw going over budget $17 is worth it imo


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.14 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-PW ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.94 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.93 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $416.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-02 20:37 EST-0500)
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March 2, 2014 5:58:41 PM

Xavier Wells said:
Looked around a bit and found that the ram I found was extra cheap because 1866 for the same package cost more than the 2133. I did find the a10 for a little cheaper and thanks for the input :) 
Oh and btw going over budget $17 is worth it imo


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.14 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-PW ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.94 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.93 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $416.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-02 20:37 EST-0500)


no problem dude
good luck!

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